The Shreveport-Caddo Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC), along with the Shreveport Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), aims to keep the City’s history alive by protecting historic properties, collecting photos and documents, and raising awareness in the community.

Shreveport is known for its rich historic heritage dating from the mid-nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Domestic and commercial buildings from a variety of stylistic periods contribute to the distinctive character of the downtown and adjoining neighborhoods.

The City has taken a progressive approach to preserving historic resources, establishing itself at the forefront of preservation. In 2015, Shreveport was designated a Certified Local Government with the State of Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation.  In December 2018, as part of the Shreveport Unified Development Code, the City Council adopted the Historic Preservation Overlay District(s) and design standards for those districts.

Today the city’s historic inventory includes seven (7) nationally recognized historic districts as well as dozens individual buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These districts, including the downtown, are designated with design review for alterations or major changes. This stewardship of the downtown and historic neighborhoods, in conjunction with federal and state tax incentives with substantial private investment, aims to make downtown and Shreveport’s urban core  more revitalized, vibrant and authentic.

On this page, you’ll find links to get help with your historic property, learn about Shreveport’s history, and more.

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